Honoring Those Soldiers Who Served with the 27th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Defense of Washington, 1862-1863
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The 27th Maine is not known for any feats in battle, as it participated in no full-scale action with the enemy, but is instead known for the controversial issuing of the Medal of Honor to all those still serving in the regiment at their time of mustering out. This photo (below) is of one such medal. See the history section for more about this story.
RECENT BLOG ENTRIES
January 15th, 1863
A Charles Gooch letter to wife Julia
2018 - a Project Review
from 2005 to 2018
A No-Show for Sunday Service
Saturday night's alright for...torching the sutler's tent.
The death of Joseph Porter at Camp Lincoln (7-8 Oct 1862)
An 1864 letter from Eben N. Higley, on board the USS Colorado in Portsmouth Harbor
Of the Age of Eighteen Years
The discharge of Millett Blaisdell of Lebanon, and of the other underage volunteers
The Civil War bible of Horatio Trefethen of Company G
I have made myself a handy Google map, marking the locations of nearly 890 burial places known for these soldiers. I color coded them so I know which ones I have visited so far.
View Route of the 27th Maine in a larger map
Route of the 27th Maine
Using Google Maps (above), I have marked the locations visited by the 27th Maine during their 9 months of service. Clicking to view the larger map will show details concerning each location.
Spring 2018 started off with a restart of my cemetery trips and the search for the graves of 27th Maine veterans. Winter is now here, and I still may have a few good weekends left to hit the graveyards before the stones are covered over 'til spring.
(Above) Is the Steadfast plot in Evergreen Cemetery, Portland. Only a stone for Almira J, the (first) wife of Thomas Steadfast, stands in this plot, though cemetery (and city) records confirm he is also here.
(At right) Is Lot 237 in Section H, Forest City Cemetery, in South Portland. Supposedly, this is the plot where Milbury S Smith is buried. The only names here are Cotton, Berg, and Sweetser, so I need to recheck this lot number with the office again.
Last Updated: 19 January 2019